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Turkey Medicals – bad breath negatively affects both your family and work life. Just brushing your teeth is not enough. You should also brush your tongue and floss to prevent bad breath.

Bad breath in many cases bothers you and those around you in the environment you are in. The American Dental Association has deciphered the halitosis rate, known as halitosis, as between 55 – 65 percent. But does your mouth still smell when you brush your teeth? Here’s what you need to do to prevent bad breath and take the necessary measures. Bad breath can be a harbinger of a disease. The social aspect of bad breath is very important. It can lead to domestic unrest, divorces, exclusion from society, even dismissal from work. It even affects one’s own business. Bad breath can be caused by a disease in the body, as well as teeth and tonsils. Teeth and gums, dimpled tonsils, hairy tongue, tumors, diabetes, stomach and intestinal diseases can also cause bad breath.


Bad breath is a social event, and you can’t even get into some people’s rooms. You can’t get within a meter of people with a strong odor from the mouth. These are situations that destroy family life. First, you should go to the dentist, then to the otolaryngologist, get treatment. All factors that will cause odor should be eliminated. Since patients with bad breath cannot realize this, it is necessary to explain the situation in the appropriate language. This situation can bother his wife, children, friends at work, where he works. A person with a bad breath cannot go to a hairdresser, a barber, a doctor.

Some types of bad breath, for example, bad breath that occurs in the morning, are considered normal, and usually this condition is not related to any health problems. There may be bad breath in the morning because the saliva secreted during the day, which destroys food residues and odors in the mouth, decreases when you sleep at night. When the mouth dries, dead cells stick to the inside of the tongue and cheeks. Bacteria use these cells as food and release compounds that emit a tue odor.


Among the causes of bad breath, the first place is occupied by neglect of oral decency. a study conducted in America in 2020 found that 91 percent of bad breath is caused by problems in the mouth. Bacteria in the mouth hide and develop on the tongue, between the teeth, on the gums and in the mouth. If the mouth is not cleared of these bacteria, the bacteria can lead to tooth decay.

Tooth decay is also another cause of bad breath in itself. When we eat, foods are naturally broken down by bacteria that live in our mouth. When food is broken down, foul-smelling gases come out. After swallowing what we eat, the food that gets stuck between the teeth begins to deteriorate, and these residues also continue to be decayed by bacteria.

If dental cleaning is not paid attention to, food residues in the teeth will have started the process that extends to bad breath. If a proper oral cleaning is performed, all sources of bad breath in the mouth will be blocked. Brushing your teeth may not be enough to prevent bad breath. In addition to the teeth, the gums and, most importantly, the tongue must also be brushed.


It will also be useful to use dental floss to clean teeth from food debris. Bacteria on the tongue are responsible for bad breath, approximately 90 percent. Using mouthwash for oral cleaning other than brushing your teeth helps both destroy bacteria and freshen your breath. In addition, they also trigger bad breath:

Bad dental hygiene: There is a high risk of bad breath when using dentures if denture cleaning is not paid attention to. In addition, if the prosthesis does not fit snugly into the mouth, there is also a higher probability that food will be inserted.

Dental problems cause bad breath and cause it to smell even worse:

1- Caries, abscesses, gingivitis, hard-to-clean gum pockets on the teeth are common causes of bad breath. Due to bone loss, hard-to-clean intervals occur between the teeth and can cause a very bad smell. If abscesses are found between the teeth due to bone loss and can cause a very bad smell.

2- Gum pockets that cause food accumulation around a half-buried 20-year-old female.

3- Six bridges that cannot be cleaned easily, coatings that have not been renewed for years, and their compatibility with the gums is impaired are also among the sources of odor due to nutrient accumulation and decaying.


Dentures that do not clean and have rough surfaces with food accumulation also smell due to food residues: in such cases, caries should be cleaned, gum treatment should be performed, problematic 20-year-old teeth should be removed.

It’s not just a toothbrush; there are a lot of people who are reluctant to use an soft brush: Specially manufactured ‘soft brushes’ should be preferred for the cleaning process in hard-to-clean areas. During bridge cleaning, decontamination brushes and dental floss manufactured for bridges should be used again, and old bridges should be renewed in a short time.

Lack of teeth disrupts the intraoral balance, makes a smell. Teeth are cleaned naturally by the cheek and tongue when chewing food. In cases where there is a lack of teeth, there is a more intense accumulation of food on the opposite and side teeth, since there will also be no chewing on the side where there is no tooth.


Because of the tongue, does the mouth smell?: It is necessary to remember to clean the surface of the tongue during oral care. For this, it will be enough to use your toothbrush or special scrapers made for the tongue. In addition, flossing and using mouth juices after brushing will also be effective in cleaning bacteria. Make sure that the mouth water that you use regularly does not have a medicinal property and is not dark enough to dye your teeth.

If the mouth is dry; a smell may form in the mouth: water; it should be drunk often and abundantly. Again, salivary gland diseases that cause dry mouth, vitamin deficiency, menopause, diabetes, and various anti-depressant drugs also cause saliva to decrease.

With a decrease in saliva, the self-cleaning mechanism of the mouth disappears and bad breath occurs.

Is my gum sick?: The transition from a healthy gum to a sick, inflamed gum does not happen very quickly in a normal person; it is a process that usually spreads over a wide period of time and shows symptoms. If you do not ignore these symptoms and go on the course of treatment, you can stop this process, which progresses the inflammation and extends to tooth loss, abscess formation.

Symptoms of gum disease

Bacterial plaque: Because the teeth are not brushed effectively, a bacterial plaque with a transparent and sticky layer of germs forms on it.

Dental calculus: Bacterial plaque combines with various substances in saliva and in the oral environment to form a hard layer called dental calculus.

Bleeding gums: The problem can be solved if a person has a dental stone cleaned and pays attention to oral hygiene.

Bone resorption and tooth decay: If dental calculus cleaning is not performed and hygiene is not observed, the bacteria contained in the dental calculus affect deeper tissues.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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